Drawing of a Robin

This is a drawing of a Robin (thrush family). The artwork was drawn with pen, markers, and white paint pen. A thin-line pen sketch was followed by blocks of color with markers. Transparent grey markers were used for shading. Then a gel pen and white paint markers were used for white areas and highlights. Robins are commonly identified by their reddish-orange breast.

Drawing of a Robin Drawing of a Robin

Michael D. Edens’ Lion Drawing at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

RAWRSOME! I’m pleased to announce that my charcoal “Lion” drawing is a permanent 5’x5′ textured, shimmering wall installation in all 23 elevator lobbies of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Forbes.com did a full write-up about the artwork as part of the hotel’s 2013 renovation, however, the article’s author, Andrew Bender, didn’t mention my name as the artist of the artwork. I contacted Andrew requesting a reference by name, but have not received a reply.

Original charcoal artwork: Lion
Date Drawn: 2006
Dimensions (HxW): 14″ x 11″
Michael D. Edens' Charcoal Lion Drawing

The completed elevator lobby installation featuring my artwork. It’s an honor for me, and I think it looks neat in-person. The whole thing shimmers.
Michael D. Edens' "Lion" artwork in all 23 elevator lobbies of the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Tom Brassell, Digitally Imaged Surfaces Consultant, created a photographic blog post about creating the wall installation from the original lion artwork.

100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

Photo collage of 100 Animals; artwork by Michael D. Edens over a period of about 15 years. The artworks include a variety of animals including pets, wildlife, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and more. The drawings, paintings and mixed media artworks were created in a variety of styles and wet & dry mediums including pens, ink, colored pencils, markers, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, oils, charcoal, crayons, pastels, chalk and digital imaging. The drawings and paintings range in size from a few centimeters to several meters. Styles include abstract, realism, impressionism, expressionism, and a broad blend of of expressive techniques.

100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens 100 Animals – Collage of Artwork by Michael D. Edens

Drawing of a Burro with Children

This is a drawing of a burro with children. The 9″x12″ artwork was drawn and painted in 2011 with a variety of mediums, including colored pencils, watercolors, gouache, oil pastels, and acrylic. The children and burro were initially sketched with colored pencils, followed by meandering wisps of white oil pastel and acrylics in the background. As layers of watercolors and gouache were applied, the oil and water repelled each other to reveal an energetic flow of light throughout the painting.

Drawing of a Burro with Children

Drawing of Two Dogs | Boxer Breed

This is a drawing of a two dogs, specifically their breed is called a Boxer. The 7″x11″ dog artwork was created in 2011 with pens, watercolors, oil pastels, and colored pencils. The two dogs were initially sketched with pens, followed by oil pastels for white and brown hair color. Watercolors were used for subtle gradients and background elements. Like most dogs, the male and female Boxers enjoy running and playing together outside in the sun.

Drawing of Two Dogs - Boxers

Drawing of Three Bears

This is a drawing of three bears. The 9″x12″ bear artwork was drawn in 2011 with colored pencils, paint pens, oil pastels, pens, and acrylics. The initial sketch of the bears was created with colored pencils and pen. Additional expressive lines, shapes, colors were added with other mediums in order to help enhance the protective ferocity of the adult male bear’s roar, the uneasiness of the female bear, and the fear in the baby bear cub.

Drawing of Three Bears

Drawing of a Puppy

This is a drawing of a puppy. The 9″x12″ puppy artwork was created in 2011 with a mix of colored pencils, pens, oil pastels, acrylics, gouache, and watercolors. The colorful puppy’s face was sketched with colored pencils and pens, followed by alternating oil pastels and watercolors for the eyes, nose, mouth, and portions of the hair.

Drawing of a Puppy

This is a second drawing of a puppy, sized 9″x12″, drawn in an abstract expressionist style. The puppy was drawn with colored pencils, paint pens, markers, pens, oil pastels, and watercolors.

Puppy Drawing

Drawing and Painting of a Burro with Children

The following artworks are similar drawings and paintings of a burro with two children reaching for its fur in the sunlight.

The first is a 9″x12″ painting/drawing created with watercolors, oil pastels, colored pencils, pens, markers, and acrylic paint. The painting is full of color as nature’s energy surrounds the two children and the burro, bathed in light, sharing a moment together of innate curiosity and companionship.

The second artwork is a 9″x12″ drawing created with colored pencils. The drawing focuses primarily on the relationship between four subjects; the burro, two children, and bright warm light emanating throughout.

Burro with Children | Painting
Burro with Children
9″x12″

Burro with Children in Sunlight | Drawin| Drawing
Burro with Children in Sunlight
9″x12″

Drawing and Painting of a Dolphin

This is a 15″x21″ drawing and painting of a dolphin, drawn and painted with pens, paint pens, and watercolors on matte board. The drawing started with a quick blue pen sketch, followed by deep blue paint pen. White paint pen on the white of the paper was next, which creates interesting patterns under the watercolors applied last.

Unusual placement of blue, red, and other colors in the abstract background create an uncomfortable viewing angle for a dolphin, traditionally shown underwater. Lately, I have been affected by thinking about dolphins as “the most intelligent creatures on Earth after humans”, and “should therefore be treated as “non-human persons” and granted rights as individuals.” (physorg.com)

Drawing and Painting of a Dolphin

Drawing of a Dog in a Sweater with Oil Pastels

This is an 10″ x 8″ drawing of a dog in a sweater, created with oil pastels, pens, colored pencils, and a little white paint pen. The friendly pup’s name is Johnny Cash, and he’s one of the first subjects in a new series of animal portrait art drawings. The drawing style begins with light colored pencil for the initial sketch, black pen for deep dark detailed areas, oil pastels on top, and a touch of white for highlights.

Johnny’s an awesome dog with a great sense of humor. Don’t let his day naps fool you; he loves to run laps around the house. And when he gets to go to the dog park, look out! He runs non-stop! Johnny enjoys it so much that he’s fully aware of when his owner is ready to leave, and he loves a good game of chase before heading home.

Special thanks to his owner for providing a fantastic reference photo!

Drawing of a Dog in a Sweater with Oil Pastels

Quick Sketch of a Dog Named Spot

This is an 8″ x 10″ quick sketch of my dog Spot, drawn with pen, colored pencil, and paint pen. He’s a pure white five year old Jack Russell Terrier who developed rapid onset cataracts this past week. The vet says his vision has deteriorated to the equivalent of looking through a cloudy shower door. And we learned the hard way yesterday that “fetch” will have to be put on temporary hold. The little guy has a lot of energy, and he’s still young, so I’m starting to save up for surgery. The quality of his life is important to me.

Here is one more drawing of Spot; a watercolor painting of the dog from 2005.

Quick Sketch of a Dog Named Spot

Drawing of a Turtle | Video Time Lapse

This is an 11″x13″ drawing of a turtle, drawn and painted with markers, pens, paint pens, oil pastels, watercolors, and acrylic paint. The style is loose and impressionistic with an unconventional color palette and mixture of mediums. Shades of blue and green permeate the shadows around the turtle and in the background. This creates contrast between elements like the white highlights on the turtle shell, face, and leg, pushing them forward in the composition. And the variety of mediums in the artwork creates a unique surface texture befitting the turtle and surrounding foliage.

The time lapse video shows the process of drawing and painting the turtle, and how multiple variations and layers all exist within the same artwork.

Drawing of a Turtle

Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love | Abstract Faces Drawings and Paintings

The Artist Challenge is well underway, with new artists joining every day! The project was started by artist Vikki North and I by challenging each other to create artwork based on a particular theme. This is my submission for Art Challenge #5 – Unrequited Love.

The first artwork is my submission, “Face of Unrequited Love 01”. The abstract face drawing/painting is approximately 11″x14″, drawn and painted with pens, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors on paper. The accompanying video shows the drawing and painting process in a time lapse format. The face was initially sketched with pen and markers. Washes of water and watercolor softened the portrait, followed by thick markers, and more watercolor washes, details, and highlights.

Drawing / Painting of a Face of Unrequitted Love 01 | Abstract Portrait of a Man

Pen Drawing of the Eyes of a Broken Heart - Face of Unrequited Love 01, Detail

The second portrait drawing is entitled “Face of Unrequited Love 02”. This abstract face drawing/painting is approximately 9″x12″, drawn and painted with pens, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors on paper. There is an accompanying video that shows the drawing and painting process in a time lapse format. It shows a similar sketching and painting process from start to finish.

Drawing / Painting of a Face of Unrequitted Love 02 | Abstract Portrait of a Man

Abstract Drawing of a Bee | Video

This is a 9″x12″ abstract drawing of a bee, created with markers, paint pens, colored pencils, pens, and watercolor mediums. The vibrant, warm color palette and loose style adds a frantic feeling to the artwork. Quick strokes of color and medium are blurred around the paper with spatters of watercolor to create a sense of movement and buzzing. Silver and gold paint is also used to add a shimmering effect to the bee.

The accompanying video shows how I draw and paint the abstract bee in a time lapse format. The composition was initially sketched with light yellow, followed by rich oranges, reds, and silver and gold paint pens. Lush mixes of watercolors and white highlights were also applied to the entire artwork.

Abstract Drawing of a Bee

Paintings Drawings of Dogs with Sombreros | Jack Russell Terrier | Papillion Poodle

These are two 9″x12″ paintings / drawings of dogs with sombreros. The first dog is a papillion poodle mix, drawn and painted on paper with pens, markers, colored pencils, silver paint pen, and watercolors. The second dog is a jack russell terrier, also drawn and painted on paper with pens, markers, colored pencils, silver paint pen, and watercolors. I don’t think dogs are comfortable wearing sombreros, hence the disconcerted look on their faces.

Painting and Drawing of a Papillion Poodle Dog Wearing a Sombrero

Painting and Drawing of a Jack Russell Terrier Dog Wearing a Sombrero

Painting / Drawing of a Cooked Turkey

This is a 9″x12″ painting/drawing of a cooked turkey. The turkey was loosely sketched with ink pens and paint pens on card stock paper. Washes of watercolor were painted over the drawing to soften focus and add volume, followed by white highlights. The pervasive yellow adds a soft glow to the atmosphere, while the frantic linework and alternating shadows and highlights across the entire painting add energy to an otherwise static image.

Painting and Drawing of a Cooked Turkey

Drawings of Lion Cubs

These are 2 drawings of lion cubs. The first lion cub was drawn with markers, oil pastels, and paint pens. The line work in the first drawing started out fairly loose, but tightened up as I tried to correct proportion, value, and position mistakes. I left the second lion cub drawing abstract and cartoonish, and also used markers, oil pastels, and paint pens. The drawings are 9″ x 12″.

Drawing of a Lion Cub

Abstract Drawing of a Lion Cub